HELP- Grill will not go above 250
My grill will not reach high temperatures.
My husband and I purchased the Weber Performer grill with propane ignition. As recommended by people on this site, I have also bought lump charcoal. We have kept the bottom vent open, covered the grill, and closed the grill cover vents. We have spread out the lump charcoal in the center of the grill. Yesterday we waited an hour and a half, checking every ten minutes but the temperature would never go above 250 and most of the time it was 200. All I wanted to do was cook chicken cutlets and hamburgers. How can I increase the temperature?
I assume I want the temperature to be at least 450 before grilling - am I correct on this? How can I get the grill to heat higher? How much lump charcoal should I use? By the way, the brand I bought Cowboy as that is the only brand I could find. It has thick pieces. I also bought mesquite wood - will that give me a hotter fire? How should I use that?